Mala Praxis - La ley del Talión (English translation)

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La ley del Talión

Perdido por el hospital pidiendo auxilio
de ahí a Mario Vargas Llosa ya no necesito quimio
ya no queda alivio, engañate; seme sincero
porque me sobran payasos como Antonio Castelo1
 
Yo no tengo patrialero, esa mierda no me va
Nacionalidad española y papeles en Panamá
na, na, na, date cuenta varias
cuentame como paso hey! Imanol Arias2
 
Voy a pedirme cenas en Kickstarter
para pagar la multa por mear encima de Pedro Sánchez3
pues huyó de la movida y a mi grúa parnacio?
porque si les doy un libro lo usarán de posavasos
 
Como Adán Tavías resistiendo
la única banda armada es la que votas para que forme gobierno
no cuesta reconocerlo, su música no me llega
alfabetos con un micro y el nivel de inglés de Ana Botella.4
 
Me miran como loco, como si lo estuviera
si digo que quiero un coto de caza en la Zarzuela5
te voy a modificar la ley de extranjería6
sólo para poder echar a la reina Sofía.7
 
Que no es casualidad el machismo inculcado,
para el capitalismo la mujer es una fábrica de esclavos
abocados al fracaso, ya ni miro al cielo
en un campo de concentración como mi bisabuelo.
 
[Coro]
La ley del Talión8 cuando usan la porra
el ojo por ojo, por las pelotas de goma
ya lo sabes guarda un bote de la esquina,
que al olvidar la historia se condena a repetirla. [x2]
 
Cuarenta mil lenguas de viaje, no quieras pillarme
voy a reinvetarme, yo de Julio Verne9, tú de club de alterne
ni un tiro, ni un puente, ni por la ventana
cuando quiera suicidarme ponme a la Rosa Quintana.10
 
Obrero, cuñado tú colaboras
la victoria del sistema es que sonrías curando diez horas
algunos con cuentas en Suiza y también casa
y lo único que tengo de Suiza es la navaja.
 
Pidieron denunciarnos, no lo siento
cuando Omancio Donna 17 pero vale 900.
 
Le pido a la música que devuelva lo que di
que si tramas presidente
acabe como Kennedy, como Lady D.11
 
Que el apal me otorgue
y empezar la puja por el raking de la Forbes
La privacidad se ha muerto, la red esta el hurto
y todo lo que dan gratis, te convierte en el producto.
 
Yo lo evito cada vez que veo Palestinos en el Sahara
Gamis de tu parque natze y MT Guevara
nadie me repara la pena a la tala que tengo
pero ahora escribo con el pulso de Lyudmila Pavlichenko.12
 
Votantes de ciudadanos me llaman radical
no voy a morder la mano de la mola
vamos a descuartizar, nacidos para aguantar, a fuego
en un campo de concentración como mi bisabuelo.
 
[Coro]
La ley del Talión cuando usan la porra
el ojo por ojo, por las pelotas de goma
ya lo sabes guarda un bote de la esquina,
que al olvidar la historia se condena a repetirla. [x2]
 
  • 1. es un cómico, locutor, presentador, actor y guionista español. Actualmente presenta el programa de televisión CCN, emitido en Comedy Central, y participa en el programa de radio Yu: No te pierdas nada en Los 40. [Referencia]
  • 2. Manuel María Arias Domínguez, conocido como Imanol Arias es un actor español que destaca en el cine en la década de 1980. [Referencia]
  • 3. es un político y economista español, miembro del Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) y exdiputado por Madrid en el Congreso de los Diputados. [Referencia]
  • 4. es una política española del Partido Popular, alcaldesa de Madrid entre diciembre de 2011 y junio de 2015. Está casada con José María Aznar, expresidente del Gobierno de España. [Referencia]
  • 5. es una forma de música teatral o género musical escénico surgido en España que se distingue principalmente por contener partes instrumentales, partes vocales (solos, dúos, coros...) y partes habladas, aunque existen excepciones en las que estas últimas, las partes habladas, están completamente ausentes. [Referencia]
  • 6. es el nombre con el que se conoce la Ley Orgánica 4/2000, de 11 de enero, sobre Derechos y Libertades de los Extranjeros en España y su Integración Social, modificada por las LO 8/2000, 14/2003 y 2/2009. Es la norma española que regula la entrada y estancia de los extranjeros extracomunitarios en el territorio español, así como los derechos y libertades que se les reconocen. [Referencia]
  • 7. Sofía de Grecia y Dinamarca, reina consorte de España, por su matrimonio con el rey Juan Carlos I. [Referencia]
  • 8. es la denominación tradicional de un principio jurídico de justicia retributiva en el que la norma imponía un castigo que se identificaba con el crimen cometido, obteniéndose la reciprocidad. [Referencia]
  • 9. Jules Gabriel Verne fue un escritor, poeta y dramaturgo francés célebre por sus novelas de aventuras y por su profunda influencia en el género literario de la ciencia ficción. [Referencia]
  • 10. es una bióloga, y política gallega del PPdeG [Referencia]
  • 11. Lady Diana Frances Spencer
  • 12. fue una francotiradora del Ejército Rojo que combatió en el Frente Oriental de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. [Referencia]
Submitted by phantasmagoria on Tue, 02/05/2017 - 21:16
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Lex Talionis (An Eye for An Eye)

Lost in the hospital, asking for help
From here to Mario Vargas Llosa, I don't need chemo anymore*
I won't find comfort at all - lie to yourself, but be honest with me
Because I'm fed up with clowns like Antonio Castelo.*
 
I am not patriotic - I don't care for that bullshit
Spanish nationality and secret bank accounts in Panama
No, no, no... Open several of these accounts
"Tell Me How It Happened" Hey! Imanol Arias.*
 
I will place orders for meals through Kickstarter
So I can pay the fine for pissing all over Pedro Sánchez*
For he escaped from problems and my crane Parnassus:
If I gave them a book, they would use it as a coaster.
 
I'm resisting like Arantza Díaz*
The only terrorists are the ones you vote into the government
It's not difficult for me to admit it: I don't like their music
Illiterates on a microphone and Ana Botella's awful English.*
 
They look as me as if I were totally crazy
When I say that I want a game preserve in La Zarzuela*
I will change the Immigration Law
So I can expel Queen Sofia from Spain.*
 
The misogyny we've been taught isn't random,
For Capitalism sees women as slave factories
Destined to a life of failure; I don't look up tot he sky anymore
Locked in this concentration camp, like my great-grandfather.
 
[Chorus]
Lex Talionis whenever the police beat us with their clubs*
An eye for an eye, for their rubber bullets
Now you know: leave the rubbish containers alone*
For when we forget history, we're condemned to repeat it [x2]
 
40,000 Leagues Under the Sea, don't try to catch me
I will reinvent myself as Julius Verne - but you, shall be a brothel*
I won't shoot myself, jump from a bridge or the window:
When I want to kill myself, make me watch Ana Rosa Quintana*
 
Worker, my brother, you cooperate
Society's victory is to make you smile after working for 10 hours
Some have bank accounts and mansions in Switzerland;
The only Swiss thing I have is an army knife...
 
They wanted to sue us, and I'm not sorry for it*
After Amancio Ortega donated 17 million, though he is worth 900.
 
I only ask of music to give me back what I put in;
I hope that, if you are looking for a new president,
He ends up like Kennedy or Lady D.
 
Hopefully, Torbe will die*
So I can start competing to join the Forbes Rich List
Privacy has died: the net is a theft
And whatever they give you for free, turns you into a product.
 
I try to avoid watching the Palestinians in the Sahara*
Gamis in your park, Natze and MT Guevara*
No one can compensate for my grief, my struggles
But now I'm writing with the same hand as Lyudmila Pavlichenko*
 
People who vote for Ciudadanos call me a radical
I won't bite their hands - I will dismember them right here*
We were born to resist everything, through fire
Locked in this concentration camp, like my great-grandfather.
 
[Chorus]
Lex Talionis whenever the police beat us with their clubs*
An eye for an eye, for their rubber bullets
Now you know: leave the rubbish containers alone*
For when we forget history, we're condemned to repeat it [x2]
 
Submitted by Metodius on Sat, 07/10/2017 - 14:18
Added in reply to request by GuerrillaRepublik
Author's comments:

* Mario Vargas Llosa is an extremely talented Peruvian writer and playwright who received the Nobel Prize in 2010. He is notorious for his extremist right wing ideology and tendency to give opinions about matters that he doesn't know anything about - especially sociology and economy.

* Antonio Castelo is a comedian known for his childish jokes and smarmy personality.

* Imanol Arias is the star of Spain's longest running soap opera "Cuéntame como pasó" (Tell me How It Happened), and was involved in a large scale tax evasion scandal because of Panamagate. He is also notorious for his links with far right organizations and extremist views.

* Pedro Sánchez is the leader of the Socialist Party, one of Spain's main political forces. He is noted for his hypocrisy, calculated political correctness, opportunism and willingness to work with right wing politicians against the best interests of the people.

* Arantza Díaz is a member of the Communist Party of Euskadi who was illegally detained and imprisoned by the Spanish government in 2006. She is still in prison, even though she has never committed any crimes and the government has never been able to formally accuse her of anything.

* Ana Botella is the wife of former president José María Aznar. She is noted for her ignorance, stupidity and corruption, as well as for embarrassing herself by mixing random phrases in Spanish during her English language speeches in front of representatives of foreign governments and international organizations (hence the joke about "illiterates on the microphone" and her English).

* La Zarzuela is the actual royal palace, located in the environs of Madrid - as opposed to the traditional Royal Palace, which is in the city centre. This line jokes about the fact that La Zarzuela was originally a hunting lodge for the royal family, and also the fact that former king Juan Carlos would waste enormous amounts of money in hunting expeditions all around the world.

* The "Ley de Extranjería" (literally, Foreigner's Law but more accurately, Immigration Law), stipulates the rights of non EU foreigners in Spain. It is particularly harsh and retroactively applied, so a running joke since it was approved in the early 90's is that it should be applied to former Queen Sofia, who is Greek, doesn't have a job and arrived in Spain in the 1960s.

* Lex Talionis in Latin or Ley the Talión in Spanish: formal name from the principle "An Eye for an Eye".

* Rubbish containers are usually burnt during demonstrations.

* Julius Verne, the famous novelist and visionary, author of "40,000 Leagues Under the Sea".

* Ana Rosa Quintana - a very bad journalist and, sadly, a very successful talk show host notorious for her uninformed opinions on most things and promoting banality, gossip and all around low quality entertainment. She has close ties to several prominent right wing politicians - Ana Botella among them.

* Amancio Ortega is Spain's wealthiest man and the owner of the INDITEX Group - which owns, among other companies, the clothes retail giant Zara. He is known for fraudulent practices, paying bribes and using slave labour in his factories. Due to all this, he is massively unpopular with the Spanish public.

* Torbe is a porn producer and director notorious for making extremely misogynistic public statements, as well as his very degrading films in which women are treated badly. He has been charged twice for abusing underage girls and selling child pornography, as well as sexual harassment. He has been in jail for these crimes, with a very short sentence (3 months).

* The struggle of the Western Sahara inhabitants, formerly a Spanish protectorate that was invaded by the Moroccan government in 1975, has been compared to the problems of the Palestinian people with Israel.

* Possibly names of other rappers? I have no idea.

* Lieutenant Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Ukrainian Red Army sniper noted for her accuracy and discipline. She is considered one of the top snipers of all times, with 309 kills to her name. A graduate in Political Sciences from the University of Kiev, she also had an MBA in History; so, after the war, she became a diplomat for the USSR and was the first Russian government official to ever travel to the US, invited by the Roosevelt administration. She eventually became a History lecturer in Kiev.

* Ciudadanos is one of Spain's main political parties, and it is notorious for its hypocrisy and promoting right wing ideas, xenophobia and neoliberal Capitalism - seen as a lesser PP (Spain's main right wing party) it is despised by many. Its most prominent political figures are known for accusing anyone who disagrees with them of radicalism and having terrorist sympathies.

* The "dismember" comment in this line refers to "exposing" or "publicly shaming" someone.

Idioms from "La ley del Talión"
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